The Lizard Brain

Heads up, folks. This is yet another "damn, just when you think Charles Johnson has gone as loony as humanly possible, he just doubled down again on crazy" pieces. Proceed at your own risk. < ![CDATA[This might be a good time to buy stock in Patterico.

You see, he’s just become the latest target of choice for Charles Johnson and his (rapidly-diminishing) gang of rump-swabs, bum-kissers, and other sycophants. And if history is any lesson, that means he’s going to be one very hot property. (This is becoming known as the Robert Stacey McCain principle.)

It all apparently started when Charles (who’s spent the last couple of years frantically scrubbing his web site of any proof he can find that he ever held any different beliefs, banning those who dare question him, and in general out-Queeging Captain Queeg) took the moral high ground and pronounced in The Guardian that referring to the late, largely-unlamented Rachel Corrie as “Saint Pancake” was wrong, hateful, mean-spirited, and he opposed it.

(A quick aside: here’s my chance to cost Charles a few more hours of time. He’s currently using England’s “Guardian” as his mainstream outlet of choice. I wonder if his new buddies there know how many times he sneeringly called that paper “Grauniad”

Which struck a lot of people as curious, as a lot of people (including me) clearly remembered the term getting started at LGF — to the point where Charles listed it in his LGF Dictionary. (Which he took down shortly after I pointed out how many “hateful” and politically-incorrect terms it contained.) And some of those people went digging through LGF’s archives to see just how common the usage was.

Now, Charles had done a good job scrubbing his archives, An extremely good one, as we should expect — Charles puts the old Stalinist airbrushers to shame when it comes to erasing history. But not quite good enough. Some of those who Charles has scorned and smeared started digging, and they found proof Charles missed.

This was good for a few sneering laughs, and actually forced Charles to admit that “yeah, it’s an awful and terrible and racist term that I would never use and never did use, except a few times, and it started on my site.”

That’s when Patterico apparently got under the lizard’s skin. He and Charles got into a Twitter fight that Charles didn’t do so well in. And making Charles look bad (usually by letting him do all the heavy lifting on that front) tends to provoke Charles and his legion of sycophants. Charles decided that it was time to go after Patterico’s job.

Patterico’s co-blogger, Aaron Worthing, found it amusing and made a casual reference to the whole thing in the context of an entirely different topic. That casual reference was enough for Charles to latch on to and proclaim that Patterico, through his co-blogger, had threatened his life.

Here’s the part Charles quoted:

“we just chopped off Charles Johnson’s head and mounted it on a pike on our collective front lawn…”

Here’s the full quote, for context:

Okay so metaphorically, we just chopped off Charles Johnson’s head and mounted it on a pike on our collective front lawn, so why not go for Andrew Sullivan next?

Here’s where Charles could use a little grammar lesson. A “threat” is the declaration to do a certain action. “To do,” as in “in the future.” Aaron used the past tense — “we just did this.” If anyone was threatened, it was Excitable Andy. And if Charles is still able to whine about what Aaron said, it’s pretty self-evident that the action was entirely metaphorical. I have to wonder if Aaron had said “handed Charles his ass,” Charles would talk about the grave threat to his buttocks.

That gave Charles  his excuse to give Patterico the full Robert Stacey McCain treatment. He listed Patterico’s full name and place of employment (he’s an LA prosecutor) and talked about just how awful he was. That’s the cue for the lickspittles who live on Charles’ every word, and they turned their feeble wits on finding something that could cost Patterico his job.

The first noble hunter to shoot himself in the foot was “rightwingconspirator,” who quoted a comment from Patterico’s site that was quite violent and talked about shooting people. The problem is, the comment itself was posted by a critic of Patterico’s, and was quoted from another site. Which brings to mind the actions of Charles’ trusted right-hand lizard “Kilgore Trout,” who chose to expose Hot Air’s “racism” by posting several comments there using “nigger” in the middle of the night, and used the fact that they were not deleted in minutes to show how racist they were. (Kilgore is still Charles’ trusted aide-de-camp.) Which makes me wonder if the “jim” commenter who posted the comment “rightwingconspirator” found so scary was another of Charles’ minions, which would make it a rather entertaining “green on green” firefight.

Now, stroll through the comments on Charles’ piece. Is there any doubt that the commenters are doing their level (well, off-level) best to get Patterico fired?

Remember, despite Charles’ official, published policy, he enforces a very strict orthodoxy on his comments section. Nothing is allowed to stand there that does not meet with his approval, or at least his tolerance. And he tries to impose that same standard on other blogs that discuss him — if you don’t remove comments that he sees as attacks, then you’re endorsing the attacks and are therefore his enemy, too. So if Charles didn’t approve of the move to get Patterico fired, then he would shut it down — or, at least, express his disapproval. Instead, Charles let it go on, and occasionally dropped a comment to keep the fires stoked.

Now, Charles, this is a threat. You’re encouraging people to get Patterico fired from his job for the things he has said online. Actually, for the things others have said on his site, to be precise, but that didn’t keep Patterico from hitting back in the only appropriate way — mockery.

Charles Johnson, you are a hypocritical, dishonest lowlife punk. This post of yours guarantees that I’ll be doing a new post about you every single time I find out about another lie of yours.

Every. Single. Time.

In doing so, Charles Johnson, I will metaphorically crush you. I will metaphorically disembowel you and eat your innards. But I will not do a single physical thing to you. Nor will I encourage others to.

I will simply laugh and laugh as your reputation continues to shrink into nothing.

Bravo, Patterico.

I probably shouldn’t keep kicking Charles as he circles the drain, but it’s hard not to. LGF was one of the first blogs I discovered, and it was a major influence on me. I never did much commenting there, but it was a must-read and served a hell of a valuable role. Right up until Charles decided to systematically and methodically tear down everything he had built, burn every bridge he’d built, and turn on anyone who had agreed with him as he turned to the psycho left. I still occasionally try to use his archives for some of his older material, but it’s getting tougher and tougher as Charles throws up more and more walls between LGF and the rest of the internet, protecting himself and his dwindling list of toads from reality. I fear the day when I can no longer plumb his archives for things like “Car Swarm” and “Palestinian Child Abuse” examples.

But it should be noted that being the subject of Charles’ wrath can be quite good for one’s blogging career. No one really knew or cared who Robert Stacey McCain was until Charles decided that he MUST BE DESTROYED, and now he’s a leading right-wing blogger. The attention Charles is bringing Patterico could also give him a boost, as more and more people go and look for themselves at what he has to say that Charles found so heinous.

Hey, Charles, can I be your next Mortal Enemy? We could use the traffic!
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